Trump, aides pressure Saudi prince over missing journalist

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Turkish officials believe the Saudi writer and government critic was killed inside his country's consulate in Istanbul after he visited the mission to obtain a document required to marry his Turkish fiancee.

Help us grow and continue telling Israel's story to the world. "Everything points to them". We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody. Turkish officials have said that they fear the team killed him.

The US president told reporters that he has talked to officials in Saudi Arabia at the highest levels about Khashoggi's disappearance. "If oil goes up to $100 a barrel then waivers, if it stays around $80 a barrel then no waivers", Tornqvist said. "If media reports prove correct we will treat the incident seriously - friendships depend on shared values". "We'll have to find out who did it". His Turkish fiance, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside, said he never re-appeared.

While Turkish officials have said in recent days they believe Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and his body later removed by the "murder team" that came from Saudi Arabia, newly released video footage-provided to the Post from a Turkish source-shows a group of men coming and going from Turkey, including their movements before and after Khashoggi's alleged abduction.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in New Delhi that the US administration acknowledged some buyers of Iranian oil would take a "little bit of time" to unwind their trade with Iran.

The US has been criticised for not speaking out quickly enough on Khashoggi's case.

One reason for more demand from Saudi Arabia is that the arbitrage for USA crude oil cargoes is now shut, so Indian oil refiners need to procure more oil from Middle Eastern producers, one of the sources said.

Earlier this week, Corker had said "there will definitely be consequences" if it turns out the Saudis were involved in Khashoggi disappearance, while Lindsey Graham, another Republican senator, said it would be "devastating" to the US-Saudi relationship. He has been a prominent critic of Saudi policies.

What it doesn't show is the Saudi journalist ever leaving the building.

Khashoggi had sought to become a USA citizen after living in self-imposed exile since previous year, fearing repercussions for his criticism of the prince, Cengiz wrote.

"We should be extending support from our federal agencies for a real investigation", Kaine tweeted.

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Meanwhile, the New York Times reported more harrowing details, based on a source who explained that the planned murder was "a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the goal".

Since Saturday, Turkish officials have maintained that he was assassinated inside the building, but have not provided evidence or spoken on the record.

Saudi officials deny the allegation, claiming he left the premises - although they have yet to provide proof.

"I would like to confirm that".

Murad Sezer / Reuters Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"We are anxious about this case", al-Otaibi said.

But in a statement Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Trump advisor Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday about the matter.

Bin Salman's personal bodyguard has been identified in Turkish media as being among 15 Saudis who flew in to Istanbul and then quickly left on the day of Khashoggi's disappearance.

It was not clear whether the Saudis meant to arrest and interrogate Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the United States warned Khashoggi that he was a target, this person said. I think the only issue is: "will the US pipelines in the Permian (basin) manage to deliver a huge increase in the second half of 2019?", Taylor said.

Also on Tuesday, the Saudis rescinded an offer they had made to allow Turkish forensic experts onto the premises.

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